Time is moving waaaay too fast in this six week master bathroom/laundry project for the One Room Challenge! I guess it doesn’t help that we were on spring break for part of last week (or maybe it does help because I had a chance to rest up for the marathon finish). But the good news is that we’ve gone from tearing down walls (last week) to building them back up, which is always a good sign that things are moving in the right direction. See our silly grins about the progress on my Instagram stories here. Today’s post may not be pretty by conventional standards but progress always looks good to me. And I have a bonus update on some additional purchases/adds to the plan at the end. Here’s where we’re at:
Floors! Walls! A shower pan! Exciting stuff (for me and all adults that love showering in a bathroom without kids). We had to do a ton of prep work for the floor including insulation, patching the holes from the plumbing, laying plywood, laying cement backerboard/hardie backer/whatever it’s called these days, and then applying redgard (a waterproofing, anti-crack membrane). Like so.
Then we installed the shower pan. Let’s just say that installing the shower pan was not our most fun project. Let me know if you want more details but instead of forming our own (which we’ve done before) we tried to save time and go with this pre-fab one. Big mistake. It took 3 times to get it installed semi-correctly and even then I’m still mad at it. Here’s Spouseupdated all furious that he’s chiseling out the shower pan mortar bed for the second time.
Once the shower pan was in (finally!) we insulated and then installed our walls, also installing a shower niche at the same time. It wasn’t just insulating but our ancient/crooked walls required significant shimming to get them level or even close to level. By the way, I’m secretly excited to use that tiny niche on the bottom for my razor although tiling it may require tiny hands, which I definitely do not have.
The entire back wall is cement board/hardie which is because we’re not just tiling the shower but the whole dang wall behind the vanity/toilet. What am I thinking. It is going to be so. much. tile.
And I decided to go with the herringbone pattern, although I’m pretty sure I’ll be regretting that choice from a labor perspective, but hopefully not from a visual. So from here on out it’s all tiling all the time, while my husband pitches in and installs drywall. Clock’s ticking. Fast.
Oh, and I thought it might be helpful to do a post on prepping floors for large format (12 x 24) marble tile. It’s more work than your average tile prep so figured it could be helpful, so stay tuned for that coming up – if I have enough time to write it between tiling marathons.
This past week I also made a few final orders for our bathroom. To tell the truth, I have major commitment phobia so deciding took me forever. A couple of the things I decided on are these stunning unlacquered brass handles and this stool which you can source from AllModern. I’ve added them into the mood board and they’re PERFECT!
I also decided I had to get these light sconces (from Cedar and Moss) because they are amazing and nothing else I found compares, so I ordered those too. And did you catch my Instagram stories where all the cabinetry arrived?! It’s so fun, yet those boxes are huge and taking up our entire entry! I took a risk ordering without getting samples, but our entire kitchen is from the same place (The RTA Store) so felt confident, and the cabinetry is even better than expected. Gah, I’m dying it’s so good.
And by the way, are you guys checking out all the other designer bloggers? Here they are, and they rock:
Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky | Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators | Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH
And the guest bloggers are just as incredible, you’ve got to check them out here!
Now, off to tile. No seriously, I’m taking off some time from work this week to put a dent in those tile boxes sitting in my entry with hopes I have some progress to share next week…